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 The AEI Note: April 29, 2013  

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Pennsylvania Arts Education Network Updates
  • Network Continues to Share Policy Agenda
  • In Search of Governor's School for the Arts Alumni
  • Individuals and Organizations to Join Network  
  • Statewide Network Conference Calls - 3rd Thursdays
  • Network Communication  
AEI and EPLC News 
  • Mark Your Calendars! Third Annual Arts and Education Symposium Scheduled for October 30, 2013
  • EPLC a Grassroots Partner of Arts Advocacy Day 2013
  • EPLC's "Focus on Education" Program April Episode
  • Interested in Other Education Policy News? 
Public Policy News
  • Arts & Culture Caucus News
  • 2013-2014 State Budget Process Ongoing
Opportunities for Arts Education Professionals
  • PA Arts & Culture Legislative Visit Day
  • Americans for the Arts Convention in Pittsburgh!
  • Workshops on the Arts & Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • PAEA Accepting Proposals for Annual Fall Conference
  • Submit a Proposal for the National Guild Conference 
  • Webinar on Collective Impact Available for Viewing
  • American Girl Challenges Schools to "Elevate the Arts"
  • Cultural Enrichment Fund: "Arts for All" Grants Available
  • MetLife Foundation & National Guild Announce Grants
Arts and Education News
  • NEA Reveals New Four-Point Arts Education Plan
  • Network Coordinator Stresses State & Local Advocacy 
  • Capital Area School for the Arts Gains Charter Status
  • Yo-Yo Ma Tells Inspiring Tale of "Art for Life's Sake"  
  • Bald Eagle Area High School Students Highlighted
  • National Music Foundation Honors PA High School
  • Embracing Arts Education to Achieve Title 1 Goals
  • Congratulations to PA's Poetry Out Loud Champion! 
  • PA Students Honored in PTA Reflections Contest
  • Exhibition of Network Steering Committee Member's Work
  • Arts Education Navigator
  • Arts, Culture, & Economic Prosperity Report Unveiled    

 

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Pennsylvania Arts Education Network Updates 
 

Network Continues to Share Policy Agenda  

The Pennsylvania Arts Education Network continues to ask members and friends to contact your state and school district officials to express your support for the Network's Policy Agenda.  The Agenda was agreed upon by the Network's Steering Committee on March 13.  It features six key action items for policymakers to improve Pennsylvania's students' access to high quality arts education opportunities:

  1. The Pennsylvania Department of Education should restore at least one full-time Fine Arts and Humanities Advisor.
  2. State policymakers should reinstate the Governor's School for the Arts, which was canceled as a result of state budget cuts in 2009.  
  3. The Pennsylvania Department of Education should inform all school districts that they may use Title I and Title II funds for arts education.
  4. All school districts should require at least one high school credit in the arts as a graduation requirement.
  5. The Pennsylvania Department of Education should develop endorsements to be added to other teaching certificates for teachers of dance and theatre.
  6. The General Assembly must begin in the 2013-2014 state budget to restore the nearly $900 million dollars of state funding to school districts that was cut during the past two years, and develop a multi-year plan and commitment to restore all of the cuts and assure a system of equitable, adequate, accountable, and predictable funding to support all of Pennsylvania's students. 

Policymakers are eager to hear from their constituents.  You can make a difference by taking action yourself and encouraging family members, friends, and colleagues to do the same.  


Read and share the Network's Policy Agenda, here. For information about how you can contact your legislators, visit here.  

 

 

 

In Search of Governor's School for the Arts Alumni  
For over 35 years, the Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Arts was a robust summer program that provided over 10,000 students state-wide with extraordinary opportunities to develop their artistic talents, intellects, self-confidence, and leadership.  Unfortunately, for budget reasons, state officials ended the program in 2009.  The Education Policy and Leadership Center (EPLC)'s 2012 Arts and Education Policy Report recommended the school be reestablished and the Pennsylvania Arts Education Network is now urging that the Governor's School for the Arts be restored.



To support this effort, we are building a comprehensive list of alumni who attended the School.  This list will be an important voice in supporting the reopening of the Governor's School for the Arts, and arts education in Pennsylvania, generally.

If you, or someone you know, taught at or attended the Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Arts, please complete this form and share with others.  We have been contacted by 500+ alumni already, and appreciate all of the help from former students and faculty in spreading this message.


Individuals and Organizations to Join Network
Please join the Pennsylvania Arts Education Network to become a member of a growing coalition of Pennsylvania advocates for arts education.  Individuals and organizations can join the Network at no cost by visiting ArtsEducationPA.org.  This is an important opportunity to build public and policymaker support for arts education.  We now have a policy agenda with specific requests for action, but we need the participation of every stakeholder for whom arts education is important.


Statewide Network Conference Calls - 3rd Thursdays

EPLC and the PA Arts Education Network will continue to host Harrisburg Briefing Network Conference Calls on the third Thursday of every month at 4 p.m.  These calls typically include updates about the Network, state legislature, State Board of Education, Pennsylvania Department of Education, and Network partners.  Conference calls are open to all Network members and friends.

Future monthly Network Conference Calls are scheduled for 4:00 p.m. on these third Thursdays : May 16, June 20, and July 18.

To join the live call each month on the third Thursday at 4 p.m., use the following numbers: 

The toll-free call in number: 1-866-843-8301
Conference code: 2352393864

Recordings of past conference calls, including the most recent call held April 18, are available here.
 

Network Communication 
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Inquiries about the PA Arts Education Network can be directed to Network Coordinator
Erin Gough at [email protected]    
 
AEI and EPLC News 

Mark Your Calendars! Third Annual Arts and Education Symposium Scheduled for October 30, 2013
The Third Annual Arts and Education Symposium is scheduled for Wednesday, October 30, 2013.  This all-day event will again be hosted at the State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg and will feature arts and education leaders from across the state and the nation to discuss the important topics of the day.  The 2013 Symposium agenda and registration will be available later this summer.


EPLC a Grassroots Partner of Arts Advocacy Day 2013 
Grassroots 
EPLC joined several cultural, civic, and education organizations to help sponsor the training of arts advocates at the 2013 National Arts Advocacy Day in Washington D.C. on April 8 and 9.  Pennsylvanian arts supporters that would like to learn about, and help support, the arts at a federal level can visit the Arts Advocacy Day website or read this year's Congressional Arts Handbook

Representatives of the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council outside of Representative Mike Doyle's office prior to their meeting on
Arts Advocacy Day, April 9 
 
EPLC's "Focus on Education" Program April Episode 
EPLC and PA Cable Network (PCN) have partnered for a new program focusing on education issues in Pennsylvania.  View the April episode of EPLC's "Focus on Education" series online.  In this episode, EPLC President Ron Cowell and PCN Host Corinna Vecsey Wilson are joined by Marcela Diaz Myers, President of the Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA); Pamela M. Price, Director of Board Development Services, PSBA; and Roberta M. Marcus, Master School Board Member, Parkland School District to discuss School Boards and the Work of School Board Members. 
 

The monthly show produced by EPLC and PCN will be broadcast on PCN at 9:00 p.m. on the 2nd Wednesday of every month, now through June, and then again this fall in September through December.  PCN typically repeats the broadcast several times each month.  To learn more, click here.  Information about sponsorships available for the show which is aired statewide can be obtained by contacting Ron Cowell at 717-260-9900 or [email protected] 

 

 

Interested in Other Education Policy News?   

As an arts community, it is important to be aware of broader education issues, including the advocacy and legislation that ultimately affects teachers, students, artists, and community members.  To keep your finger on the pulse of the General Assembly, State Board of Education, and Department of Education, and receive information about new education reports, announcements, and important events, sign-up to receive EPLC's free online publications here.  Current and past editions of the EPLC Education Notebook are also available by visiting the EPLC website.
 
Public Policy News  

Arts & Culture Caucus News
Here is the list of members and additional information about the bipartisan, bicameral Arts and Culture Caucus in the Pennsylvania General Assembly.

If your legislators have joined the caucus, please thank them for supporting the arts in Pennsylvania by sending this letter.

If either your State Senator or State Representative has not yet joined, please ask them to do so by sending this letter.


2013-2014 State Budget Process Ongoing 

Most legislative discussions concerning the 2013-2014 state budget remain beyond the public view as lawmakers wrestle with an uncertain state revenue picture and the uncertainty around several key policy questions. All of this ultimately will impact on state appropriations for education.

 

The House of Representatives, however, did consider and approve during the week of April 22 a package of business tax cuts proposed by Governor Corbett that are predicted to reduce state revenues by hundreds of millions of dollars annually once all the cuts take effect.

 

State revenues during March were a bit below projections, but for the year total revenues remain slightly ahead of what was projected for the first nine months. It is likely that state lawmakers will have end-of-April and end-of-May revenue numbers before they move on a final budget.

 

There has been some good news (because of some otherwise bad news) on the school employee pension cost issue. Because there are more than 10,000 fewer school district employees now than three years ago, the actual reimbursement to school entities for the state share of mandated pension contributions is less than projected. This slightly reduces the pressure of growing pension system costs to school districts and the state and is good news for budget-makers.

 

In addition to the state's revenue situation, there are several big issues that remain unresolved and that will ultimately impact on budget decisions. Will the state privatize the State Lottery? Will the Legislature approve the pension system changes proposed by the Governor? And while it is not intended to result in additional funding to districts for the next year, will the Legislature approve changes to state laws pertaining to the sale of liquor, wine, and beer?

 

All of these issues are very important because the nearly $900 million cut in state funding to school districts enacted in 2011 remains, for the most part, in place. This huge cut in resources to support programs and services for students has led to many reductions across the state in curricular and extracurricular arts opportunities for students.   

 

Opportunities for
Arts Education Professionals
 

PA Arts & Culture Legislative Visit Day
On Tuesday, May 7, 2013, Citizens for the Arts in Pennsylvania is hosting a day of legislative visits to promote legislative asks that will support arts and cultural institutions across the state.  Stay tuned to Citizens for the Arts in PA's website to find your state legislators and register for visits with them in Harrisburg or in their district offices.  
  
  
Americans for the Arts Convention in Pittsburgh! 

Registration for the 2013 Americans for the Arts Annual Convention is now open.  The 2013 Americans for the Arts (AFTA) Annual Convention and three pre-conferences will bring 1,000+ arts leaders from around the country to the David Lawrence Convention Center and arts and cultural venues throughout Pittsburgh to discuss issues affecting artists, arts-based community development, arts organizations, and creative industries.  This is an incredible opportunity for the Pennsylvania arts community - read details on how you can be involved, here.  

     

  

Workshops on the Arts & Autism Spectrum Disorders   

    

Music, art, theatre, dance, media arts educators, classroom teachers, and teaching artist are invited to participate in standards-based professional development training for educators and/or teaching artists to improve their skills when teaching the arts to students with ASD pre-K through grade 12.

Each workshop will include:
  • An overview of characteristics of Autism, Asperger's Syndrome, and other pervasive Developmental Disabilities;
  •  Strategies for using Universal Design for learning to allow greater access to the curriculum for children with ASD;
  • Strategies for behavior management; and
  • Best practices in assessment

These sessions are made available for educators through the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts in conjunction with VSA, the State Organization on the Arts and DisabilitiesSessions will be held in various regions from May 29 to August 20.  For details on when this session is available in each region, please visit this page

Registration is $25 and breakfast and lunch are included.  Act 48 credit is also available.  

 

PAEA Accepting Proposals for Annual Fall Conference  

 The Pennsylvania Art Education Association (PAEA) seeks proposals related to the theme: Forging a Strong Future: Reflect, Refine, Reignite. Proposals for the October 18-20 conference in Bethlehem may include topics related to:
  • Reflecting on teaching and learning
  • Refining art education practice
  • Reigniting professional development, research, leadership and service
Visit here for more information.   

 


Submit a Proposal for the National Guild Conference
The National Guild for Community Arts Education is accepting
proposals and speaker nominations as they plan their 76th annual Conference to be held October 30 to November 2 in Chicago, IL. 

By completing the online proposal form, you can:
  • Submit a full conference session proposal
  • Suggest a conference topic
  • Nominate a speaker
  • Nominate an organization or program for a site visit
  • Offer to share your expertise as a presenter, panelist, facilitator, or peer mentor, without having to submit a full session proposal.  

Submissions will be accepted until May 22, 2013.

 


Webinar on Collective Impact Available for Viewing
On March 20, 2013, John Kania, managing director of FSG, presented his research into the uses of "collective impact" by the social sector, followed by a discussion with NEA Director of Arts Education Ayanna Hudson.  Both Kania and Hudson then took questions from the public.

As defined by FSG, collective impact is the commitment of a group of actors from different sectors to a common agenda for solving a complex social problem. The webinar examined how collective impact can help federal, state, and local leaders move forward in a common direction.

Watch the video, below, or on youtube.
NEA Arts Education Webinar: Collective Impact
NEA Arts Education Webinar: Collective Impact

      

American Girl Challenges Schools to "Elevate the Arts"

American Girl is asking art teachers to inspire students with a chance to win up to $10,000 for their schools.

 

American Girl asks, "Is your classroom filled with artists on the rise?  Let your students take art class to new heights with a project that could win your school up to $10,000!  This extra-special assignment includes two components: a digital image of artwork created by the class and a written essay of 500 words or less.  Teachers, submit the class project and the essay before May 31, 2013, and your school could be one of 13 lucky winners!"   

 

American Girl is partnering with Americans for the Arts to promote arts education through 2013's Girl of the Year, Saige, a character who inspires action in her school when she learns they might lose their art classes.  For more information, visit their website, here

 

 

Cultural Enrichment Fund: "Arts for All" Grants Available

The Cultural Enrichment Fund, Central Pennsylvania's united arts fund, issues a request for proposals each year for the launch or expansion of arts programs designed to integrate cultural appreciation into the everyday lives of underserved audiences.

 

This supplemental grant fund is designed to expand the organization's support of the capital region's arts community beyond its thirteen member groups.  Applications will be accepted from any nonprofit organization in the capital region looking to launch or expand a program designed to integrate cultural appreciation into the everyday lives of under-served audiences.  Applications are due by May 15.  For more information, visit the Cultural Enrichment Fund's website, here. 

 

 

MetLife Foundation & National Guild Announce Grants

The National Guild for Community Arts Education has received a $275,000 grant from MetLife Foundation to continue the MetLife Foundation Partners in Arts Education Program. The national initiative--now entering its ninth year--aims to improve teaching and learning in the arts by supporting and promoting exemplary partnerships between nonprofit arts education organizations and public schools.  Objectives for 2013 include the distribution of grants of up to $20,000 to support arts education partnerships during the 2013-2014 school year and the production of a partnership training institute in conjunction with the Guild's annual Conference for Community Arts Education (Oct. 30 - Nov. 2 in Chicago, IL).  Applications are due May 16.  For more information, visit their website, here.  

 

Arts and Education News

NEA Reveals New Four-Point Arts Education Plan
The National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) revealed their new four-point plan for arts education under the leadership of their new Director of Education, Ayanna Hudson, at the March 29 meeting of the National Council on the Arts.  Hudson's goal is to weave arts education into the very fabric of every school so that ALL students have access to the arts.  She plans to accomplish this in four ways: Leveraging Investments, Driving National Data & Research Agendas, Collaborate for Collective Impact, and by Leading the Field.  For more information about the overall goals of this strategy, read the Americans for the Arts ARTSblog post by Arts Education Program Manager, Kristen Engebretsen, here.

  

 

Network Coordinator Stresses State & Local Advocacy
Erin Gough, coordinator of the Pennsylvania Arts Education Network, shared another blog post on the Americans for the Arts ARTSblog.  After a week of national arts advocacy activities in Washington D.C., she reflects on the necessity of arts education advocates to be part of education policy discussions at the state and local levels.  Read her full post, here


Capital Area School for the Arts Gains Charter Status
School District.  The school will enroll 160 students from 24 participating central Pennsylvania school districts in the 2013-14 school year.  For more information about the school's new opportunities and challenges as a charter school, read this article from the Harrisburg Patriot-News.


Yo-Yo Ma Tells Inspiring Tale of "Art for Life's Sake"
On April 8, Yo-Yo Ma gave the annual Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Policy at the Kennedy Center as part of Americans for the Arts Arts Advocacy Day.   His very moving speech and incorporated performances are available for viewing below.  His presentation focused on the idea of "Art for Life's Sake," and the many ways in which the arts can be incorporated with other disciplines to achieve a much greater effect.  His "three big ideas" are listed below:

1. Societies are powered by three engines: politics, economics and culture.  A vibrant society exists when all three engines are firing and intersecting, resulting in a populace that is energized, engaged and fulfilled.

 

2. Our collective work in the arts is not just relevant, but essential to strengthening our culture and positively influencing society.  Thus: "Art for Life's Sake."

 

3. The arts are the way to foster the four critical skills necessary for our children to succeed in the 21st-century workforce: collaboration, flexibility, imagination, innovation.


Nancy Hanks Lecture 2013: Yo-Yo Ma
Nancy Hanks Lecture 2013: Yo-Yo Ma


Bald Eagle Area High School Students Highlighted
Students from Bald Eagle Area High School were given an opportunity to participate in the Nittany-Con comics convention in State College.  Their original comics and cartoons were displayed along comic book industry legends such as Stan Lee and Pennsylvania native and PA Governor's School for the Arts Alumni, Jason Lenox.  For more information about what the students learned from this unique opportunity, read the Centre Daily article, here.


National Music Foundation Honors PA High School
Parkland School District, in the Lehigh Valley, has been honored by The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation for its comprehensive music education program for all students K-12.

 

The NAMM Foundation, from Carlsbad, California, recognized Parkland School District for its outstanding commitment to music education with a Best Communities for Music Education designation.  Parkland School District joined 307 districts across the country to receive the prestigious distinction this year.

 

The BCME designation is an important part of the NAMM Foundation's efforts to advocate for school-based music education.  Numerous studies have demonstrated that learning to play music can boost other academic and social skills, such as math and learning to cooperate in a group.  The NAMM-funded Cost of Music Education study found that a comprehensive K-12 music education program cost an average of $187 per student per year in the sample district.

 

 

Embracing Arts Education to Achieve Title 1 Goals
On April 3, at the Arts Education Partnership's National Forum in D.C., the California Alliance for Arts Education released its new policy paper, A Policy Pathway: Embracing Arts Education to Achieve Title 1 Goals.

Co-authored with Danielle Brazell of Arts for LA and Dr. Lauren Stevenson of Junction Box Consulting, the paper documents the journey Californian arts education advocates have been traveling for the past eighteen months to make it possible for schools and districts to embrace arts strategies for achieving the goals of Title 1 and improving educational outcomes for low-income students who are often underserved in public schools.  This goal is echoed in the Pennsylvania Arts Education Network's own Policy Agenda.

The issue is on the horizon for many due to a substantial body of research demonstrating that certain forms of arts education can be an asset to schools and districts in achieving Title 1 goals.  U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan--who supports this use of Title 1 funding--has often stated that that "Arts education remains critical to leveling the playing field of opportunity."


Congratulations to PA's Poetry Out Loud Champion! 
Congratulations to DJ Gress, Pennsylvania's Poetry Out Loud state champion!  Gress, from the Kiski School in Saltsburg, will be in the first round of the National semi finals on April 29 in Washington, D.C.  You can watch the entire semifinals and finals through a live, one-time only webcast at www.arts.gov.
 

PA Students Honored In PTA Reflections Contest
The PTA believes all children deserve quality arts education and encourages students to pursue artistic expression through participation in the Reflections Program.

Each year, local PTAs host Reflections competitions at their individual schools.  Winners from these competitions are then selected to compete at the state level.  The theme for this year's local, state, and national competitions was "The Magic of a Moment," and the state winners are posted on the Pennsylvania PTA's website.  Congratulations to these students who were honored for their accomplishments at the Pennsylvania State PTA's annual convention which was held April 19-21.  


Exhibition of Network Steering Committee Member's Work
Clyde McGeary, Steering Committee member of the Pennsylvania Arts Education Network, EPLC board member, and former Pennsylvania Department of Education Fine Arts Advisor, is featured in the Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery's newest exhibition, "Clyde McGeary: Perspectives from an Artist-Educator."  This exhibition is a retrospective that both provides clues to McGeary's sensibilities as an artist and attests to the period of his training and emergence in the art world.  The show will be up from May 3-June 23 and will feature an opening reception on May9 and an artist lecture on June 8.  For more information, please visit the gallery's website

 

Arts Education Navigator

Through a partnership with Vans Custom Culture, Americans for the Arts has designed the Arts Education Navigator, a series of e-books designed to help educators, students, and advocates navigate the complex field of arts education.

 

Each e-book in the Navigator series below will cover a specific topic, ensuring arts education supporters are equipped with the knowledge, statistics, and case-making techniques needed to effectively communicate with decision-makers.

 

 

 

 

Arts, Culture & Economic Prosperity Report Unveiled 

The Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council (GPAC) recently unveiled the results of Arts, Culture & Economic Prosperity, the most comprehensive economic impact study of Southwestern Pennsylvania's nonprofit arts industry ever conducted.  Results of the study reveal that in Allegheny County,  there are direct expenditures of $686 million annually by cultural organizations and their audiences generate $410 million in household income, $74 million in tax revenues, and 20,550 full-time equivalent jobs.  Allegheny County ranks 7th nationally in jobs created through the arts & culture.   The full report and other details are available on the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council website.